Comments by biwemple
Posted on June 26 at 9:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I wish Wegman's would get a presence here as well.
Posted on June 12 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wish they would finish this pick-up in a shorter period of time. All those couches & mattresses I see around town must weigh quite a bit more after being soaked with several days of rain. If someone wants something that was put out, stop & ask first during the daytime - I'm pretty sure the owners would say yes in most instances. Just don't go skulking around scavenging the neighborhoods every June, or picking stuff up in middle of the night - that could be dangerous. No one wants to find people in their yard in the middle of the night.
Posted on April 24 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Most parts of NYC sit on a wetland that requires pumps running 24/7 to keep water out of subways, and other buildings. It costs a huge amount of money each year to constantly unclog the pumps & lines when these cheap plastic bags get sucked into drainage and sewage systems. These bags are tossed aside with no regard for where they end up and it is an expense that has to be passed on to taxpayers with higher city maintenance costs every year in their budget. I find several of them in my bushes every year up here in the 'burbs, so I can't imagine how many of them are floating around a big city. Perhaps this bag fee will deter people from accepting these cheap bags and carry their own, and merchants will not have to use so many of them that end up in landfills, sewage systems, or strewn all over the landscape. Is it a bit of a money grab? Perhaps. I also see it as a bit of social engineering to get consumers to stop accepting so much waste that all of us have to pay for when it needs to be disposed of later on.
Posted on April 9 at 1:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I would normally agree with what Robert said about too much duplication of services, however, if the only dog park was in Glenville and you lived in Scotia as an example, then the cost in gas alone to travel back & forth to walk your dog would likely well exceed any increase in tax you'd pay for operating two parks. The area in Glenville mentioned would require most people to drive there to use it as well. I bet its just loaded with ticks too as I see deer wandering around in it almost every day.
Posted on March 25 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Thomas: Perhaps you should contact East High School in Rochester (or Google it) and find out how\why they are called the Orientals. The Gazette is apparently just using the given name of the team for its story without passing any judgement on it.
Posted on March 11 at 2:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Watch a bit of TV in Western Europe. You may see some occasional brief nudity on soap commercials and other regular shows and its no big deal, but what you will not see is gratuitous violence, bullet-ridden carnage, etc. Many of their prime time shows are just as funny as the juvenile toilet humor we pass off over here as comedy and they do it without all the constant sexual innuendo. Police shows often end without having to kill anyone and they are still exciting too. Their news programs actually teach you something about the world around us so unlike our mainstream media focused on personal interest and dysfunctional celebrities. We're so worried about our kids seeing a boob, yet we tolerate endless bloodshed onscreen and then wonder why these same kids accustomed to seeing violence can commit such acts when they grow older. Those ideas had to come from somewhere...
Posted on March 6 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
My son has a Social Studies textbook that is NEVER used and is almost brand-new. The school district purchased hundreds of these for the Middle School and the teachers emphatically state they do not want to use it, so they send it home to sit on a shelf till its returned at the end of the year. The teachers are doing all the content via websites and worksheets. What a complete waste of taxpayer money in purchasing these text books in the first place!
Posted on March 6 at 1:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
My company does routine business trips back & forth to Toronto (the biggest city in Canada). The cost of flying is astronomical, the trip by car is ~7 hours (non-stop in good weather), and a train trip actually takes even longer than that. It would benefit international travel and commerce to Canada greatly, not just the Capital Region to Buffalo.
Posted on February 27 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Get rid of the Thruway toll plazas in the Capital District (exits 22-26) and we'll relieve a LOT of congestion. Radio stations could practically use a recording for the traffic report every day ("backups at the Exit 24 toll plaza and twin bridges on I-87").
Posted on February 21 at 10:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Non-violent cons on shorter sentences with good behavior should be allowed to EARN the privilege of taking online courses only and they can pay off the minimal costs of these online courses by doing work for the community while incarcerated. The public always needs work crews to help clean-up roads, plant community gardens, etc. If they can't be let out on work crews find something that can be done for community inside prison like repairing state office equipment, building office furniture, painting road signs, etc. Basically earn enough inside to pay for these college courses just like regular people. College education opportunities should not be GIVEN to inmates, they're sentenced to prison for a reason - to pay back society with a loss of freedom because of their actions. They need to EARN anything extra back while locked up. Prison should provide basic food, shelter, and reasonable medical care, everything else is a privilege that is earned or lost for the duration of a sentence based on their behaviors.